A strictly aquatic turtle that prefers clean, medium-sized streams and rivers with lots of rock crevices for hiding.
A small, unique species of turtle that only grows to 12 cm in length. It has a moderately flattened shell that is oval shaped when viewed from above. Its plastron is very small and narrow, and the perimeter carapace scutes are wide and extend well past the turtle's body. Its carapace is light brown with dark brown blotches and striations, and its plastron is yellowish brown with pale seams. It has a relatively large head with a strongly pointed snout. Its skin is uniformly patterned with yellow and black vermiculation, and its eyes are bright yellow with round pupils.
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